The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S.

hardcover, 224 pages

Published Feb. 2, 2021 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.


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5 stars (1 review)

New York Times bestselling author David Levithan takes young readers on a twisting journey through truth, reality, and fantasy and belief.

Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply. . . impossible. But it's the story Aidan is sticking to.

His brother, Lucas, wants to believe him. But Lucas is aware of what other people, including their parents, are saying: that Aidan is making it all up to disguise the fact that he ran away.

When the kids in school hear Aidan's story, they taunt him. But still Aidan clings to his story. And as he becomes more of an outcast, Lucas becomes more and more concerned. Being on Aidan's side would mean believing in the impossible. But how can you believe …

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5 stars

I'll remember this book for a very long time. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. The themes in this book can be interpreted so many ways and, gosh, can we have more precocious younger characters in books? I just loved everything about this book, including the growing bond between the two brothers. There are so many good quotes I can't include them all, but I just really loved everything about this book. I will certainly read this again, no question. But first, I am gonna recommend this to everyone I know or have ever spoken to in my life. This is a character driven story, so if you dislike deep kids and character development and growth, this book is not for you. Once again, David shows why he is one of my favorite authors.